Hello, I’m Emma Drebit. For almost 20 years I’ve supported individuals, couples, and families with a variety of mental health and psychosocial conditions. I’ve worked in a variety of environments, including community agencies, mental health clinics, and in an academic setting at the University of Alberta.
I mainly work with adults in the areas of personal and relational issues, such as depression, anxiety & stress management, grief or loss, and emotional well-being. I have a particular passion for helping with all types of relationship issues, especially couples & marital therapy.
During our sessions, we’ll explore any difficult experiences you’re struggling with. This helps you develop more awareness and insight, draw out your strengths, and plan strategies to foster change and meaningful connections in your life. My approach is collaborative and respectful and it incorporates a variety of therapeutic approaches to help you work through your issues.
All of your life experiences contribute to your growth and wisdom. They impact you on multiple levels: mentally, emotionally, physically, and relationally. Counselling and therapy help you resolve personal and relational issues before they further impact your health and wellness.
I offer psychological counselling services to adults, couples, and families in a supportive environment that allows for safe exploration of concerns and of change processes that enhance awareness, balance, and healthier relationships. Because I believe everyone’s situation is unique, I incorporate a systemic perspective to explore and better understand how your issues have developed and how they impact the relationships in your life.
We work collaboratively to develop the emotional tools and strategies that fit your situation’s needs. Together we explore solutions to promote your personal growth and meaning in life. My approach draws upon several treatment methods to facilitate change, including cognitive behavioral therapy, emotional-focused therapy (EFT), acceptance commitment therapy, mindfulness-based strategies, and solution-focused therapy.
Relationships are unique, complex, and vulnerable to emotional injuries. They can also be affected by life changes, such as loss, employment transitions, which can impact your relationship with your partner. Emotional injuries and life circumstances affect communication, trust, intimacy, and security within the relationship and can lead to unresolved issues. In couples counselling we focus on strengthening these areas by addressing unhelpful, negative dynamics and creating supportive interactions that help you meet your relationship’s needs.
Families experience conflict—especially during life and family changes. In family counselling, we explore conversations that allow your family’s thoughts and feelings to be shared and understood by all. We start by highlighting unhelpful family dynamics to uncover the root of your family’s issues. We use your family’s strengths in order to resolve your issues, support one another, work together as a team, and contribute to positive interactions. We also focus on enhancing family relationships that may have become negatively impacted over time by chronic conflict, by addressing trust, boundaries, communication, conflict resolution, step/blended families, and parenting.
Contact us today to book your psychological appointment; I hope to see you soon!